[UPDATE BELOW An appellate court has dismissed lawsuits against the Metropolitan Museum of Art's controversial "pay as you wish" admission policy. So yes, you will continue to embarrass your dates by handing a cool $1 to the docent, at least for now.
The Met was sued twice over its suggested admission policy in 2013, with plaintiffs arguing that that the "recommended" $25 ticket price is misleading. A Supreme Court judge dismissed the claims that same year, and last week an appeals court upheld that dismissal. According to the court, though the Met accepts certain subsidies from the city in exchange for free access to art, independent citizens are not responsible for upholding that agreement.
The Met can in fact advertise suggested admission, as confirmed by a relatively new amendment in its lease with the city. And that new amendment "authorizes the museum, should the need arise, to consider a range of admission modifications in future years, subject as in the past to review and approval by the City," which certainly doesn't mean that the Met will immediately require you sell an organ to see Titian's Venus and Adonis, but does open the door for future negotiations with the city should the Met require more money.
Update 2/12: An attorney involved in the case tells us: "It was not dismissed by the Appellate Court. The case is still pending. Just two claims were dismissed, but the rest of the claims are still pending and proceeding in the New York Supreme Court."